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Phones turned into smartphones and in upcoming future, we can expect phones to be called as superphones. In making of a good smartphone, there is more than just one factor that contributes to its overall value. One of the most talked and major component that decides a phone’s value is its processor. As we know that the smartphones are getting smaller, slimmer and lighter day by day, so it is getting tougher for companies to create a processor that offers the best without compromising the design and quality. But still there are companies like Qualcomm, Samsung, MediaTek and many more, who are working in the direction of creating revolutionary processors and achieve the impossible..

What is HiSilicon Kirin 955?

Kirin 955
The HiSilicon Kirin 955 is a ARM-based high-end Octa-Core-SoC for Android based smartphones and tablets. It was announced in the beginning of 2016 together with the Huawei P9. It contains 8 processor cores (4x Cortex-A72, 4x Cortex-A53), aARM Mali T880 MP4 GPU (see for information and benchmarks), a dual-channel LPDDR4 memory controller and a LTE Cat. 5 radio. In the beginning of 2016 it is one of the fastest ARM bases SoCs on the market. Compared to the slightly older Kirin 950, the 955 is a higher clocked version (A72 cores clock at 2.5 versus 2.3 GHz).
The Kirin 955 is one of the first SoCs that use the new Cortex-A72 architecture. Compared to the A57 cores, the A72 ones offer a 15 percent higher per MHz performance and should be more energy efficient. In the Kirin 955, the four Cortex-A72 cores are able to clock up to 2.5 GHz. Furthermore, the processor includes four power saving cores based on the Cortex-A53 architecture that are clocked with 1.8 GHz (max.).
The Kirin 955 is manufactured in 16nm at TSMC (16FF+ process).
Series
CodenameCortex-A72/-A53
Clock Rate2500 MHz
Number of Cores / Threads8 / 8
Manufacturing Technology16 nm
FeaturesARM Mali-T880 MP4 GPU, 4x Cortex-A72 (2.5 GHz) + 4x Cortex-A53 (1.8 GHz, big.LITTLE), LTE Cat. 6, 2x 32 Bit LPDDR4-3200 Memory Controller (25.6 GB/s)
GPUARM Mali-T880 MP4 ( - 900 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date04/06/2016

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